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Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement (Grades 4-5)


If you haven't already applied for admission to this program, please note that we have reached capacity for Summer 2019. Please contact Erin Harwood if you have any questions: eharwood@kent.edu, 330-672-0583.


The 4/5 Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement is a 14-credit hour program for teachers holding an Ohio Early Childhood P-3 Teaching License.

The Endorsement coursework is offered during the summer semester only. All courses are fully online, with the exception of the Intersession course, which is partially online. Current undergraduate students in the ECED professional sequence may apply for the 4/5 endorsement after having successfully completed block IV.

Upon completion of the Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement (4-5), candidates must complete and pass the following Ohio Assessments for Educators: Elementary Education Subtest I (Test code 018) and Elementary Education Subtest II (Test code 019). For more information and registration for the tests, please see the Ohio Assessments for Educators webpage.

To add the endorsement to the teaching licensure upon completion of the program coursework and licensure assessments, candidates must complete our Pre-Application process for licensure on the Student Portal, which once complete, will link to the online licensure application on the Ohio Department of Education website.  The Pre-Application MUST be completed for processing and review of the licensure application.

To view current tuition rates, please visit One Stop for Student Services. There is NO flat rate for summer term; therefore, students pay the per credit hour rate for each credit hour registered.

The Endorsement courses/workshops, if taken at the graduate level (50000-level), may be used toward the completion of a master's degree (there is a six year time-frame in which to do so) in:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction/Curriculum and Teaching
  • Curriculum and Instruction/Middle Childhood
  • Special Education General

In most cases all 14 credit hours would count.


Endorsement Schedule, Summer 2019

Teaching Mathematics in the Intermediate Years - Grades 4-5  (3 hours)
Summer Intercession (May 20-June 7) - Dr. Sonya Irving
MCED 40045 001 CRN# 10933 / MCED 50045 001 CRN# 10934
V3 - Partially Online: M 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Critical Inquiry and Integration Content I - Science/Social Studies Grade 4  (3 hours)
Summer I (June 10 – July 13) - Dr. Elizabeth Kenyon
MCED 46645 010 CRN# 10931 / MCED 56645 010 CRN# 10932
V1 - 100% online

Understanding “Tweens”: No Longer Children, Not Yet Teens  (1 hour)
(June 17 - June 28) - Dr. Kathryn Knapp
HDFS 41093 001 CRN# 14421 / HDFS 51093 001 CRN# 14424
V1 - 100% online

Halfway Up the Stairs: Early Middle Level Education and Effective Teaching and Learning in Grades 4 - 5  (1 hour)
(July 1 - July 12) - Dr. Kathryn Knapp
CI 40093 003 CRN# 14458 / CI 50093 005 CRN# 14462
V1 - 100% online

Reading and Writing in Middle Childhood  (3 hours)
Summer II (June 10 – August 3) - Dr. William Bintz
CI 47504 020 CRN# 10935 / CI 57504 020 CRN# 10936
CI 47504 021 CRN# 12416 / CI 57504 021 CRN# 12417
V1 - 100% online

Critical Inquiry and Integration Content II - Science and Social Studies Grade 5  (3 hours)
Summer III (July 15 - August 17) - Dr. Lisa Borgerding
MCED 47745 030 CRN# 10929 / MCED 57745 030 CRN# 10930
V1 - 100% online

Download the 2019 Summer Schedule (PDF)


Application Information for current undergraduate Early Childhood majors intending to graduate AFTER completion of the 4/5 Generalist Endorsement Program

The 4/5 Early Childhood Endorsement is a 14-credit hour program that is offered during the summer semester only.  It is available to undergraduate ECED majors after completion of Block IV but PRIOR to Block V: Student Teaching.

There is no formal admission process but you need to follow these steps:

1. Email Graduate Academic Advisor of EHHS for notification of interest.

If planning to pursue the 4/5 Generalist Endorsement Program for the following summer, you must email Erin Harwood, Graduate Academic Advisor, at eharwood@kent.edu for notification of interest. She will confirm completion of Block IV or registration for Block IV.

2. Register through FlashLine for the 40000-level 4/5 Generalist Endorsement courses.

This does not require any application nor any change in admission status. You can just register for the classes through FlashLine using the CRN# for the 40000-level offerings.

3. Complete an Overload Request Form.

You will need to complete an Overload Request Form (found on the VOSS Applications & Forms page) in order to take more than 12 hours during the summer session (the program is 14 hours). Please print, complete (List ALL endorsement courses on page 2-not just the extra 2 hours), SIGN and return form to the VACCA Office - 304 White Hall. The VACCA Office should contact you within two business days and if approved, they will put an overload permit in the system. You will then need to go into FlashLine and register for the additional 2 credit hours.

Download Application Information for Current Undergraduates (PDF)


Application Information for those who hold an undergraduate/master’s degree (or those undergraduate ECED majors intending to graduate PRIOR to starting the 4/5 program)

The 4/5 Early Childhood Endorsement is a 14-credit hour program that is offered during the summer semester only. It is limited to those teachers with an existing Early Childhood PreK-3 license. There are 3 different admission options.

Note 1: It is very important to choose the correct admission option from the beginning as transferring credit hours from one status to another can become difficult.
Note 2: Must have successfully completed all the coursework in Block IV before starting the 4/5 Generalist Endorsement program, or must be a licensed ECED PreK-3 teacher in the State of Ohio.

You have three options for admission:

1. Apply as a Post-Undergraduate Non-Degree student and take the courses at the 40000-level

(pay undergraduate tuition fees; however, courses can never apply to a master’s degree program).

  1. Complete online application for admission as a Post-Undergraduate Non-Degree student ($50 non-refundable application fee). If you received your bachelor’s degree from Kent State University AND have not attended any other institution since leaving Kent State, you do not need to apply for admission; you can simply complete the Application for Undergraduate Re-Enrollment form available through the One Stop for Student Services website. Complete the form and return to One Stop (First Floor, University Library or scan/email to onestop@kent.edu).
  2. Once admitted/re-enrolled, complete an Overload Request Form (found on the Vacca Office of Student Services Applications & Forms page) in order to register for more than 12 hours during the summer session. Please print, complete (list ALL endorsement courses on page 2 - not just the extra 2 hours), SIGN and return form to the Vacca Office - 304 White Hall. The Vacca Office should contact you within two business days and if approved, they will put an overload permit in the system. You will then need to go into FlashLine and register for the additional 2 credit hours.
  3. Email Erin Harwood, Graduate Academic Advisor (eharwood@kent.edu) with your intention to pursue the 4/5 ECED Generalist Endorsement program as a Post-Undergraduate Non-Degree student.

2. Apply as a Graduate Non-Degree student and take the courses at the 50000-level

(pay graduate tuition fees; a limit of up to 12 hours could be transferred into a degree program, if approved).

  1. Complete online application for admission as a Graduate Non-Degree student ($15 non-refundable application fee; official transcripts required - KSU transcripts not required).
         For "What type of program are you applying?", select Non-Degree
         Under "Intended Program", select:
              College: Education, Health and Human Services
              Select: Non-Degree Student
              Select Term: Summer _____
         Under "Additional Requirements":
              "Identify program from which you intend to take classes", type in 4/5 Endorsement
              Select 4/5 Endorsement from pull-down box
         Under "Additional Documents", select:
              "YES" to the two questions regarding "endorsement" and "YES" to the question "Do you hold a teaching license in Ohio"
    If you have earned a master's degree from Kent State College of Education, Health and Human Services (i.e., ECED MAT degree), you do not need to complete the Graduate Non-Degree Application; instead, simply complete the online Graduate Alumnus ("Reapplication") form to re-enroll as a Graduate Non-Degree student in EHHS. (Please follow the same prompts above regarding the Graduate Non-Degree application.)
  2. Once admitted, complete a Request for Overload form (available on the EHHS Graduate Student Services forms page) in order to register for more than 12 credit hours during the summer terms. Complete the form and drop it off in 418 White Hall, or email ogs@kent.edu. Once the form is approved and processed, you will need to register for the final 2 credit hours through FlashLine.

3. Apply as a Master’s Degree student and take the courses at the 50000-level

(pay graduate tuition fees; endorsement courses are built into a Master of Education degree program in Early Childhood Education - minimum number of hours required for a M.Ed. degree is 30).

  1. Complete online application for admission as a Master's Degree student ($45 non-refundable application fee. You will also need official transcripts - KSU transcripts not required; names/emails of 2 references; and a statement of goals.)
    Follow the online instructions carefully, making sure to choose the following:
         For "What type of program are you applying?" select Masters
         Under "Intended Program", select:
              College: Education, Health and Human Services
              Select Program: Early Childhood Education Degree Name: Master of Education
              Select Term: Summer _____ (or term you plan to begin grad coursework)
              Select Concentration (from pull-down menu): select "blank" box (no concentration) if building in 4/5 endorsement coursework
    All admission documents can be uploaded and attached to your online application or sent directly to the Division of Graduate Studies, 150 Terrace Drive, Cartwright Hall, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001 (330-672-2661/email: gradapps@kent.edu).
    You will be notified via email of the start of the admission process and any missing documentation.
    If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Brenda Ellsworth in the Graduate Student Services Office at bellswor@kent.edu or 330-672-0558. Please begin the application process as soon as possible as it may take up to six weeks to complete and process your application file.
  2. Once admitted, complete a Request for Overload form (available on the Office of Graduate Student Services forms page) in order to register for more than 12 credit hours during the summer terms. Complete the form and drop it off in 418 White Hall, or email ogs@kent.edu. Once the form is approved and processed, you will need to register for the final 2 credit hours through FlashLine.
  3. Email Erin Harwood, Graduate Academic Advisor (eharwood@kent.edu) with your intention to pursue the 4/5 ECED Generalist Endorsement program as a Master of Education student.

Download Application Information for Those Who Hold an Undergraduate/Master's Degree (PDF)